|Lou Harrison and Bill Colvig Interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian, 1989 - Lou Harrison, Bill Colvig, Charles Amirkhanian|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with one of America's most distinguished composers, Lou Harrison, whose use of gamelan instruments and interest in other musics of the world helped bring an appreciation of Pacific and Asian music to the U.S. William Colvig has collaborated with Harrison for many years, building original and gamelan-inspired instruments. The program begins with Eric Marin's film documenting Harrison & Colvig, and continues with excerpts from Harrison's Piano Concerto (featuring Keith Ja...
Keywords: Interview and Music; Unconventional Instruments; New Music
|KPFA’s 40th Anniversary Show, Part 4: Elsa Knight Thompson & G. I. Gurdjieff|
The all-day special broadcast celebrating KPFA’s 40th anniversary continues with a documentary about Elsa Knight Thompson. Throughout the 1960’s, KPFA Public Affairs Director Elsa Knight Thompson was an extraordinary and controversial programmer. Her experience with the BBC in London during World War II and in Washington D. C. at WCFM prepared her for a scintillating career as a radio journalist at KPFA, and her direct and incisive interviews of both left and right-wing figures were legendar...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Current Events
|Holland in Art and Science: Carillons, Schierbeek, & Han Reiziger|
Recorded in 1974 by the Radio Nederland Transcription Service, a program about music and culture in the Netherlands. The program begins with a performance by, and interview with, Larry Weinstein, an American student at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort. Then, after a brief review of a book about how the theories of two 19th century American fringe scientists about the Earth being hollow and habitable on the inside influenced some of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, the program continu...
Keywords: Avant-garde; Interview and Music; 20th century classical
|Open Evening: Program Highlights and Current Events|
In a program recorded on August 19, 1970, Charles Amirkhanian and Bill Northwood highlight upcoming shows on KPFA-FM and current events in the San Francisco Bay Area. After a couple of brief musical selections by Amirkhanian and the Ba-Benzele Pygmies of the Central African Republic, the two are joined in the studio by Richard Friedman who talks about KPFA-FM's foray into ambient field recordings with the new series, "The World Ear Project"...
Keywords: Sound poetry; Interview and Music; World Music; KPFA-FM
|An Interview with John Storm Roberts|
Britain's John Storm Roberts, formally a writer with the East African Standard, a newspaper in Kenya, talks about the influence of African music in the Western Hemisphere, and the Caribbean in particular. Musical examples of a most unusual nature from his recently released Nonesuch Explorer Series record (H-72047) serve to illustrate his dialogue with Charles Amirkhanian. Mr. Roberts is also the author of Black Music of Two Worlds, published in September of 1972 by Praeger.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; World Music; African Music
|Manfred Eicher of ECM Records|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Manfred Eicher, the founder and director of ECM Records. Topics discussed include the influence of ECM, its unique sound, and the work of its best known artists, including Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt, and Jan Garbarek. The advantages of certain recording techniques and venues are also mentioned. This Interview was recorded in June, 1985 in Munich Germany.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Jazz; ECM Records; Manfred Eicher
|Interview with Phil Winsor|
Charles Shere talks to Philip Winsor about his work, Sound Study I, written at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, was followed two years later with his Sound Study II, produced at the Milan Studio. Together they try to sort the differences in achievement out of the similarities of means. A classic example of a classically trained composer (Shere) trying to get his head around the process of composing electronic music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Phil Winsor
|Improv:21 with Rova Saxophone Quartet|
Derk Richardson interviews members of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet at San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center on June 5, 2005. They discuss the relationships of imagery to sound including the use of graphic notation in spontaneous compositions, as well as using film imagery to guide an improvisation. Konrad Steiner talks about the experimental films of Stan Brakhage, which have been used by members of ROVA as inspiration for some of their works...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Interview and Music
|Imaginary Landscape: Ingram Marshall|
A Live Concert of music by Ingram Marshall, recorded in the KPFK studio in Los Angeles. After a brief introduction by the composer we hear two short pieces of sound poetry followed by the longer work, Fragility Cycles.
Keywords: KPFK-FM; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Ingram Marshall
|Improv:21 Carla Kihlstedt=Liberating Limits (an informance with Kihlstedt and Derk Richardson) - Rova:Arts|
On September 14, 2005, Derk Richardson interviewed singer/violinist/composer Carla Kihlstedt at The Thick House in San Francisco. Kihlstedt studied music at Oberlin where her interests expanded from the classical repertoire to more improvisational and avant-garde music. In 1997 she co-founded the group Tin Hat Trio with Rob Burger and Mark Orton, and has also played with 2 Foot Yard and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Carla Kihlstedt
|Improv:21 - Informance with Oliver Lake = Passin' Thru - ROVA:Arts|
Oliver Lake gives a crash course in his personal history and writing for many bands and performance situations. Derk Richardson interviewed the composer and sax player at San Francisco’s Thick House in October, 2005. [This is ROVA: Arts un-edited camera footage.]
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Oliver Lake; Derk Richardson; Interview and Music
|Improv:21 Gino Robair = I Norton, an improv opera - ROVA: Arts|
Composer/percussionist/improviser Gino Robair gathers an improv-orchestra of 40 Bay Area improvisers to help him demonstrate his music and methods for his opera in progress called: I Norton Derk Richardson interviewed Robair at 21 Grand gallery in Oakland, on February 1, 2006. (This is Rova:Arts un-edited camera footage.)
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Gino Robair
|A 60th Birthday Tribute to James Broughton|
Broughton’s unique cinematic and poetic observations of the cosmic/comic human situation are reflected in this 1973 interview conducted by Charles Amirkhanian on the occasion of Broughton’s 60th birthday (November 10, 1973). Born in Modesto California, Broughton was one of the San Francisco poetry renaissance writers, and the maker of the prize-winning film, “The Bed”, among others. Broughton’s works are imbued with a sense of joy, magic, and childlike playfulness...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Poetry; James Broughton
|KPFA’s 40th Anniversary Show, Part 3: KPFA Miscellany|
In another segment from KPFA’s all day broadcast celebrating its 40th anniversary, Charles Amirkhanian introduces a program of unusual “airchecks” (recordings made during a live broadcast), saved by KPFA producers during strategic moments. You will thrill to the sounds of Bill Schechner, who later went on to a career with NBC News, reading headlines from the wire services on April 1, 1978, complete with impertinent asides; Kris Welch in a confrontational interview with Wayne Dyer, author o...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Current Events; Folk Music
|The Expanded Ear: Six Acre jam|
Charles Amirkhanian reports on The Expanded Ear music conference, held on April 27-29, 1973 at the Camp de Benneville Pines, in the San Bernardino National Forest. The highlight of the conference was the Six Acre Jam, performed over a hillside by about 60 musicians and no less than ten synthesizers. Join Charles as he takes a walk through the woods interviewing performers and composers, including Richard Bunger, Barry Gott, Jacques Bekaert, Nicolas Slonimsky & Dane Rudhyar, all while the sounds ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Morning Concert: Discussions with Paul Dresher, Gerald Oshita, and J.D. Parren|
From a recording made in May of 1991, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Paul Dresher about his theatrical production, “Pioneer”, which "celebrates and exposes American explorers and the myths of the pioneering spirit." Several songs from the production are also heard. The two also discuss the difficulties in portraying offensive attitudes such as racial bigotry and the history of American colonialism...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Music Theatre
|Songs of the Omaha Tribe|
Laura Reichek of the Alcatraz Solidarity Committee introduces three elderly members of the Omaha Tribe who visited the KPFA studios on November 24, 1970, to record a short program of Omaha songs. The performers are Charles Edwards, Mark Merrick and Rudolph Clark of Macy, Nebraska, who came to Berkeley to help celebrate the first anniversary of the Indian landing of Alcatraz Island. The drum used in these songs is made of a wooden frame covered with cowhide...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; World Music; Native American
|The Music of Lou Harrison|
Charles Amirkhanian introduces Lou Harrison, who then introduces two of his works. The first is Solstice, a ballet written for the Jean Erdman Dance Group and scored for flute, oboe, trumpet, 2 celli, bass, tack piano, and celesta. The second work is a collection of his Peace Pieces, recorded on August 17, 1968 at the Cabrillo Music Festival. All the Peace Pieces are political protest pieces.
Keywords: Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music
British composer, electronic music specialist, and program host, Richard Povall presents the final installment of his KPFA series, Stereochemistry, broadcast on August 27, 1990. This is a program of newly released computer music, poetry, theater, performance and technology driven art, as well as whatever else he could get his hands on, but always highlighting the use of technology in a creative way...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Performance Art; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Frank Zappa Day|
On February 10, 1986, as part of it’s fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Frank Zappa
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|Harry Partch: Twelve Intrusions - Harry Partch|
Harry Partch discusses receiving notariety using a scale of 43 separate tones and original instruments with references to his "Genesis of a Music." There is a brief introduction to "Twelve Intrusions," this recording which is played by five musicians under Partch's direction. The pieces are: Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale, Study in the Ancient Greek Enharmonic Scale, The Rose, The Crane, The Wind, The Waterfall, The Letter, The Street, Vanity, Lover, Soldiers/War/Another War, and Chamber Mus...
Keywords: Interview and Music; Microtonal music; Unconventional Instruments; Harry Partch
|Folk Music with Rolf Cahn: Mance Lipscomb|
In a program originally recorded in May of 1963, Rolf Cahn and Phil Huffman talk to Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb, about his life and music. He describes growing up as a Baptist in the South, the balance between singing and playing music, as well as the origins of many of his best known songs. Throughout the discussion, Lipscomb performs a number of both, famous and obscure, acoustic blues songs, often responding to requests by Huffman and Cahn, who sound as pleased as two cats in a fish pond to...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Folk Music
|Poetry - Center and Absence - Music: A Lecture by Pierre Boulez|
In March 1963, Pierre Boulez delivered an address to the Festival of Contemporary Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana on the topic of music and poetry. After a brief introduction by Igor Stravinsky, Boulez reflects on his work with the texts of Stephane Mallarmé and on the challenge of relating those “two sacred monsters’, music and poetry. After tracing the history of setting poetry to music, Boulez defends his own “abstract” way of handling texts, all the while insisting that...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Pierre Boulez
|Zappa as DJ|
From a program recorded in 1968, Tom Donahue interviews Frank Zappa about his life and work, and allows the irreverent rock star to present some of his favorite music. The ensuing free form program ranges from surf music, doo-wop, jazz, the blues, to the works of Pierre Boulez. The song selection is very informative for any fan of Zappa’s music, as one can easily trace the influence of all these styles on his own creative output, be it the cheesy harmonies of 1950s pop songs or the intricate p...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Frank Zappa
|Little Milton: Blues and Soul Man|
Dan McClosky interviews Little Milton, the well-known blues guitarist and soul singer. Little Milton got his musical education, as did many rhythm and blues artists of his age, in the black churches of the South. In this wide ranging interview he describes his humble beginnings and his early fascination with the guitar, as well as discussing the various blues musicians that influenced him. The interview is peppered with excerpts of many of the songs and performers mentioned, including those by T...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Little Milton
|Electric Richard Maxfield|
On June 27, 1969, Richard Maxfield, 42, jumped out of a window of the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles, ending his tragically short life during which he became known as one of the earliest and foremost electronic music composers. Maxfield studied at U. C. Berkeley, performed concerts widely, and taught at the New School in New York City and then at the San Francisco State University in the late 1960s...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Richard Maxfield
|Ode to Gravity: 15th Anniversary Program|
On March 4, 1970 Charles Amirkhanian broadcast the first in a series of ongoing programs called Ode to Gravity. The focus of the program has been avant-garde and contemporary music, with forays into the realms of experimental literature as well as visual and performance art. Initially inspired by a live theater piece by Amirkhanian, in which assorted objects ranging from a marble to a mattress to a car fender were dropped from a balcony into a circle of spectators, the radio program, Ode to Grav...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Sound Poetry
|Charles Shere Returns to KPFA|
Specialists in New Music have long been associated with KPFA’s Music Department, be it John Rockwell, Alan Rich, Robert Erickson, Glen Glasow, or Charles Amirkhanian. But for intensity of production and richness of quality no term at KPFA was more productive than that of former Music Director Charles Shere who’s tenure at the station lasted from 1965 to 1967. Now the Music & Art critic for the Oakland Tribune, and a distinguished composer as well, Mr...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; New Music; Charles Shere
|Morning Concert: The Music of Charles Boone|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Bay Area composer Charles Boone about his early musical career, starting as a member of a high school band, then as a student at USC. He also studied with Ernst Krenek and Adolph Weiss in Los Angeles. Here he introduces a number of his pieces, including “Raspberries” for percussion ensemble.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; 20th Century Classical
|Worldwide Music: An Interview with Joan La Barbara|
This program begins with Charles Amirkhanian playing the first three musical selections simultaneously. After this stimulating experiment with multi-tasking, Charles interviews avant-garde vocalist Joan La Barbara about her work with extended vocal techniques. She describe the various methods she employs and then plays two of her own 1975 compositions, WARP and Vocal Techniques.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Avant-Garde; Joan La Barbara
|Music Special with The Hub|
A live performance of “HubRenga”, an audience interactive music and poetry piece made possible by the communication between two computer networks. The collaborators in the creation of this piece are San Francisco Bay Area computer music band The Hub, novelist and musician Ramón Sender, and poets from a poetry conference of The Well (Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link), a pioneering electronic community that operates in the Bay Area facilitating communication between people interested in arts and...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interactive Art; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; The Hub
|A Preview of OM 12: A Festival of New Music|
San Francisco based didjeridu musician and KPFA radio show host, Stephen Kent, presents a preview of OM 12: A Festival of New Music, which was scheduled to be held in December of 2006 in San Francisco. After playing works by Per Nørgård, Markus Stockhausen and Tara Bouman, all featured composers and musicians at OM 12, Kent is joined in the KPFA studios by composer Peter Sculthorpe. The Tasmanian born and Australian based composer had recently revised his String Quartet No...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; World Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Peter Sculthorpe
|Morning Concert: A Preview of the 1991 Composer to Composer Festival|
KPFA’s Charles Amirkhanian presents a preview of the compositions and composers featured during the 1991 Composer to Composer Festival, an international conference on New Music held at Telluride, Colorado, on July 11-14, 1991. Amirkhanian, who was co-director of the 1991 event, introduces selections highlighting many of the invited headliners, including, Eleanor Alberga, Louis Andriessen, Paul Dresher, Janice Giteck, Alicia Terzian, G...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; New Music; 20th Century Classical; Composer to Composer festival
|Morning Concert: The Music of Richard Felciano|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Richard Felciano, a member of the faculty at UC Berkeley, whose album “The Music of Richard Felciano”, has been issued by Composers Recordings, Inc. Felciano introduces a number of his works including a December 1975 live performance of a piece for 14 carillons located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area all playing simultaneously. Felciano also discusses the challenges facing contemporary composers of new music.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Richard Felciano
|Interview with Beth Anderson and Victoria Bond|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Beth Anderson, and composer and conductor Victoria Bond about their upcoming participation in the 1974 Cabrillo Music Festival. Bond talks about the challenges facing women conductors in the classical music scene, as well as describing her piece “Caged” that was scheduled to be performed at the Festival. Anderson discusses her work “Joan” inspired by the story of Joan of Arc, and two other works that were also to be performed during the 1974 Cabril...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Classical Music; 20th Century Classical; Beth Anderson; Victoria Bond
|Morning Concert: Collected Audiophonies|
A program of avant-garde sound poetry and music by Charles Amirkhanian and Anthony Gnazzo, featuring a collection of their recent and past compositions. Interspersed among the formal pieces are bits of sound collage and Gnazzo's commentary on his career retrospective slide show. Also this morning Tony Gnazzo, who had recently announced his retirement from composing avant-garde music, and who has not been seen at a concert of new music for over fourteen months, presents his seminar on retirement ...
Keywords: KPFA; Morning Concert series; Sound Poetry; Interview and Music; Anthony Gnazzo
|Morning Concert: William Winant|
Percussionist William Winant was born in Los Angeles to a family of accomplished actors and musicians. He studied at Los Angeles City College and Cal Arts before doing advanced studies at York University in Toronto in 1979. He returned to the West Coast to study with composer Lou Harrison at Mills College in Oakland and has performed with the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio. Charles Amirkhanian interviews with this talkative and gifted Bay Area instrumentalist...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; William Winant
|Morning Concert: Composer Karel Husa|
Born in Prague in 1921, composer Karel Husa won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1969, for his third String Quartet. On February 7, 1975 he was in Berkeley to attend a conference of college band directors and stopped by the KPFA studio to talk with KPFA Music Director Charles Amirkhanian and Charles Shere, music critic with the Oakland Tribune. The three of them discuss the phenomena of university bands and how they are a breeding ground for young and enthusiastic wind players, who should ideally...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Karel Husa
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Joan La Barbara & Morton Subotnick|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with guests Joan La Barbara and Morton Subotnick. La Barbara is a composer working with extended vocal techniques. She was also the new music critic of the magazine Musical America, and she and Charles critique a recent concert by Philip Glass. Morton Subotnick is one of America's foremost electronic composers and teaches in the faulty of CalArts. He discusses his newest work "Ghost Pieces"...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Joan LaBarbara; Morton Subotnick
|Speaking of Music: Gerhard Stäbler|
Gerhard Stäbler was born in Wilhelmsdorf near Ravensburg (Swabian, South Germany) in 1949. He studied composition with Nicolaus Huber and organ with Gerd Zacher. From 1982 to 1984 he taught music theory at the Essen Folkwang Hochschule für Musik. At the time of this recording he was working as a producer for radio stations, and was a member of the Cultural Committee of the City of Essen. He was awarded the Cornelius Cardew Memorial Prize for “Fürs Vaterland”...
Keywords: Speaking of Music series; Interview and Music; Art Songs; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Gerhard Stäbler
|Ode to Gravity: The Music of Shulamit Ran|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the young Israeli composer Shulamit Ran. Ran studied with Paul Ben-Haim from 1960 to 1963 and then at the Mannes College of Music in New York from 1963 to 1967 as a pianist and composer. This recording was made on February 27, 1981 in Chicago, where Ran was currently teaching at the University of Chicago.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Interview and Music; Chamber Music; Art Songs; Shulamit Ran
|Thin Air: Interview with Stanley Shaff and Douglas McEachern, creators of AUDIUM|
Charles Amirkhanian speaks with Stanley Shaff and Douglas McEachern about their creation, AUDIUM, a Theater in Sound located in San Francisco, California. This interview, one of the first done by Amirkhanian, who joined KPFA on 8 July 1969, honors two of the most innovative pioneers of modern spatial music. Shaff, who celebrated his 75th birthday on February 14, 2004, was a featured composer at Other Minds Festival 10, which took place in San Francisco March 4-5-6 of 2004, at the Yerba Buena Cen...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Stan Shaff; Douglas McEachern
|Benjamin Lees at KPFA|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews the visiting New York composer whose Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra has been recorded for RCA, and whose larger works are finding their places in the repertories of major orchestras the country over. Lees discusses his childhood in San Francisco, and the fact that none of his works have been performed in the Bay Area. Included in the program are the first movement of his Piano Sonata No...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Orchestral Music; 20th Century Classical; Benjamin Lees
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Janice Giteck|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Janice Giteck about her career and an upcoming concert with the SF Symphony. Ms. Giteck began her career as a Bay Area composer and teacher at UC Berkeley, and later became a member of the faculty at the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle, WA., She was back in the Bay Area for the world premiere of her orchestral work Tree, which was to be played by members of the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart on the New and Unusual Music series...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; New Music; Chamber Music; Janice Giteck
|Improv:21 - The Systemic Language of Music & the Spirituality of Art: An Informance with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith - ROVA:Arts|
The intersection between abstract art and improvised music is explored by composer, musician, and educator, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, in this program recorded on March 12, 2007, and produced by ROVA: Arts as part of their Improv 21 series of interview/performances with gifted composers specializing in various forms of improvisation. Smith, a talented jazz trumpeter, first began composing music at the age of 12, and has since gone on to develop a system for guided improvisation that he calls Ankh...
Keywords: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Free Improvisation; Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
|The Words and Music of Anthony Gnazzo|
Composer Anthony Gnazzo introduces a number of his compositions, two of them finished especially for this program. Charles Amirkhanian plays his tape composition “Audience”, based on ambient sound recordings made in the garage and stairwell of the Oakland Museum, with his kitchen milk steamer at home, and at Marineworld/Africa USA. And the two just generally have fun in the KPFA studios. This is another funny and fantastic program by the dynamic duo of text-sound composition...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Sound Poetry; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Anthony Gnazzo; Charles Amirkhanian
|Improv 21: The Chair the Fact: An Informance with Ben Goldberg - ROVA:Arts|
Derk Richardson interviews Berkeley based composer and clarinetist, Ben Goldberg, on October 30, 2006 at the San Francisco Performance Library, as part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA Arts. Originally from Denver Colorado, Goldberg moved to California to study at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received his undergraduate degree before also obtaining a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College...
Keywords: ROVA; Improv:21; Free Improvisation; Interview and Music; Free Improvisation; Jazz; Ben Goldberg
|Speaking of Music: Tania Léon|
Recorded on September 19, 1985 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of music series, the Cuban-born composer, Tania Léon, talks with Charles Amirkhanian before an enthusiastic audience at the McBean Theater in San Francisco, about her work as composer, conductor, concert producer, and arts activist. At 23, a graduate of the Havana Conservatory of Music, Léon moved to the United States where she was a co-founder of the Dance Theater of Harlem...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Tania Léon
|Ode to Gravity: Music & Interviews with Daniel Caux, John Oswald, Cecil Taylor, Banda Polyphony, et al.|
In this edition of Ode to Gravity, Charles Amirkhanian plays a selection of music by Banda Polyphony, Cecil Taylor Unit, Dollar Brand, Daniel Lentz, Philip Glass, and others. He then interviews French music critic Daniel Caux (with his wife translating) about their first trip to visit West Coast new music composers and performers. The program concludes with an interview with Canadian sound poet John Oswald who presents some of his recent compositions.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; New Music; Sound Poetry
|Morning Concert: The Music of Ton de Leeuw|
The work of the prominent Dutch composer, Ton de Leeuw, has included influences from Bartok, serialism, the classical music of India and Indonesia, spatial music, mathematics, and chance. In 1983 Leeuw was a visiting composer at the University of California in Berkeley, and dropped by the KPFA studio to talk with Charles Amirkhanian. The two discuss Leeuw’s music and introduce a number of his recorded compositions...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; New Music; Ton de Leeuw